“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” -Elbert Hubbard (writer and artist)

Sometimes as a business owner, you become so overwhelmed, the only thing you can do is take it one step at a time. And, although this may get you through the week, it’s not going to help grow your business. Real growth comes from writing out the goals you plan to achieve–and then putting those goals into action, day by day, week by week, quarter by quarter.

Here are some “rules” to follow when creating metrics and other goals:

Specific – Know exactly what your goal is and why it’s so important for you to reach it.
Measurable – Set out milestones along the way to measure your progress and to know whether you achieved the goal.
Achievable – Speaks for itself.
Relevant – Relates to the big picture.
Time Bound – Be crystal clear about your time line and deadline for reaching your goal.

Did you know…only 3% of the population has written goals? And, they earn ten times more than the rest.

Leap of the Week: Stop! and take 15 minutes to think, and write down your Top 3 Goals to accomplish before the end of August. Also write down what’s in it for you when you do reach your goal and pick a reward to celebrate your win. Rewards are a great way to help you stay focused during the more difficult days…

If you truly want to see improvement and growth in your company, take the time to create SMART goals. Then, be sure to make yourself and your employees accountable for those goals. Otherwise, you will always be “taking it re-actively” a day at a time.